Tag Archives: Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (****)

© Manuel Harlan, Nicholas Woodeson as Willy Loman

© Manuel Harlan, Nicholas Woodeson as Willy Loman

You can never tire of Arthur Miller’s great elegy to the ordinary working man, crushed by the system, Death of a Salesman (1949). Continue reading

Incident at Vichy

Finborough Theatre, London (***)

© Scott Rylander, Henry Wyrley-Birch (Major), Timothy Harker (Professor Hoffman

© Scott Rylander, Henry Wyrley-Birch (Major), Timothy Harker (Professor Hoffman

There is no doubting the aptness of this revival by Phil Willmott – the first in 50 years – of the play that the great New York Times critic, Harold Clurman called `one of the most important plays of our time.’ Continue reading

Death of a Salesman

Noel Coward Theatre, London

© Ellie Kurtz

© Ellie Kurttz

Willy Loman is to 20th century drama what Lear is to classical theatre. A titanic figure, he’s one of Arthur Miller’s greatest tragic creations. An achingly desolate symbol of the American dream gone sour, he stands, like Lear, as one of the summits of an actor’s career. The little man who has given his all to a system that has ground him down, it’s a part that demands an enormous journey, like Lear, of the actor who takes him on. Continue reading

A View From the Bridge/Oh My Sweet Land

© Alastair Muir

© Alastair Muir

Young Vic Theatre, London

Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge and Amir Nizar Zuabi’s Oh My Sweet Land may have little in common thematically. What do they share however is both being currently on show at the Young Vic, a theatre, under David Lan, whose quality of work seldom drops below excellent or intriguing and whose vibrancy you can feel immediately you walk in whether it’s just to have a drink or sample the evening’s artistic or gastronomic wares. Continue reading